ROXBURY, NJ - The Early Act Clubs in Roxbury's Franklin School and Jefferson School recently completed various community service projects.

The clubs, two of four sponsored by the Roxbury Rotary Club, in Roxbury's elementary schools, are composed of third- and fourth-graders who volunteer to help the community and the world.

At Franklin School, the fourth-grade Early Act members created about 50 holiday cards before winter break for the staff and patients at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown.

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“The students brainstormed messages to write in the cards and colored holiday pictures," said Franklin Club advisor and Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Maurer. "The cards arrived at the hospital on Christmas Eve.”

Across town, the Jefferson School Early Act Club completed two service projects in recent months. The first took place in November when the club invited the whole school to make Veteran's Day cards for veterans in the Veteran Hospital of Delaware.

“We were able to mail the cards to the vets and put huge smiles on their faces," said Jefferson club advisor and Kindergarten teacher Meghan Storm.

Then in December, Early Act Club members helped Roxbury Social Services during the holiday season by hosting a "penny war" among the students at the school. “We planned to use the money raised to purchase gift cards to help Roxbury families in need,” said Storm.

The class that raised the most money received a special Pajama and Stuffed Animal Day. Kasey Fox’s second-grade class won the competition by raising $210. Overall, Jefferson Elementary School raised a grand total of $792 to help local families in need.